Saturday, February 11, 2006

Mugabe fails to return home from annual leave

Government sources told New Friday that Mugabe's failure to return to work was "sending diplomatic tongues wagging".

Constitutional law expert Dr Lovemore Madhuku told SW Radio Africa last night that it appeared Mugabe was slowly scaling down, handing over work to Mujuru.

Madhuku said the recent signing of the draconian General Laws Amendment Act (GLAA) into law by Mujuru was significant in that Mugabe rarely gives that power and authority to anyone but himself. The law expert believes Mugabe is actually grooming Mujuru.

Mujuru signed the Act, which advocates for the imprisonment of journalists who write falsehoods, people who insults the president and bans unauthorised gatherings, on Friday last week.

Madhuku told SW Radio: “I believe Mugabe keeps postponing his return to work by a day… and so he is acting against the natural order of things (retiring) when he says he wants to go back to work.

“Mujuru is very very far from the kind of person that would lead our country. This country has enormous problems and from what we have seen of Mujuru, and this has nothing to do with gender, is that she has no capacity. She is just empty.”

Government sources told New last night that rather than scaling down, Mugabe who has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, was "unwell"....

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